Sources: Four Cities Bidding On '16 College Football Playoff Title Game
At least four cities "will bid on the 2016 College Football Playoff championship, while at least six cities will pursue" the '17 title game, according to sources cited by Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com. Sept. 27 is the "deadline to submit requests for proposals" to bid on the '16 and '17 games. In November, the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick "will vote on and announce those two title game sites." Sources said that cities which have "indicated they will bid on the Jan. 11, 2016, game" include Glendale, Jacksonville, New Orleans and Tampa. Cities that "will bid on the Jan. 9, 2017, game" include Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, San Antonio, S.F. and Tampa. Sources said that other cities "considering a bid on either game" include Atlanta, Minneapolis and Arlington. Cities hosting the semifinals "are not eligible to host the national title game in the same year." The Rose Bowl "will not bid" on the '16 or '17 title game. The Rose and Sugar bowls "will host the inaugural" CFP semifinals on Jan. 1, 2015. The Rose is the "only bowl of the current four BCS bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta) that opted not to pursue" a CFP title game (ESPN.com, 9/19).